Experts say this flu season could be a doozy. Protect yourself, and loved ones, by getting vaccine.
Flu season is almost upon us. Some public health officials are signaling that this one, paired with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, might be a big one.
Hospitals are full and health care workers have been overwhelmed for more than a year now.
There is something we can do to help them out beyond pizza and platitudes.
Get your vaccine as soon as possible. Specifically the flu vaccine. (But you should get the COVID-19 vaccine, too.)
The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone 6 months and older get an influenza vaccination. All flu shots have been approved by the FDA.
This seems like a no-brainer, but we’ll say it anyway — you should get the flu shot. Your friends should get the flu shot. Your children should get the flu shot.
Just like with the COVID-19 vaccination, Science supports vaccination. Public health officials support this stance. The editorial advisory board supports this stance.
We realize of late, vaccination skepticism is strong, but skepticism and opinions don't override facts. The fact of the matter is simple: Vaccines are safe and helpful.
And while we will concede that not everyone should get the vaccine, the number of those who shouldn’t is very small. For the sake of those people, we urge you to get the shot. It’s the right thing to do, the neighborly thing to do, the Kansas thing to do.
If you have questions about the vaccine, consult your local health care provider or health department. These community leaders will have the best information to help you make the best decision for your individual needs.
We have faith they can help you make the most informed decision possible — but more than likely, they’re going to advocate for the vaccine.
According to the CDC, seasonal flu vaccines are designed to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
As the flu vaccine is widely available in pharmacies and clinics, all that’s needed is for you to make an appointment. Many clinics are even giving the vaccine out for free.
The flu vaccines are designed to help us protect our most vulnerable: our children and our elderly. They do so by essentially shielding us from infection, but they only work if you get the shot.
Please do the right thing and help these populations stay healthy this winter.